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As all starters did before, I was assigned a performance manager to assist and monitor my performance to meet objectives during my probation period. Normally, the objectives are initially given to starters by their performance managers, and discussed and agreed between the starters and managers later. Unlike other junior analysts, I was asked to set up my objectives on my own by my performance manager and discuss them after she comes back from a long Christmas holiday.

The request to set up my own objectives sounds fair and reasonable to me, because I have got some managerial experience before. However, it is still the first time for me to write down my objectives in English. Thanks to the Google. I found a very helpful article about how to write good work objectives. I read over the article carefully and followed its steps to set up my objectives.

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Over the past two weeks, I have read through a lot of training materials and case studies found from the internal knowledge share database. It was very interesting for me to sit and read a lot in the office, but I was expecting to join training courses or projects to learn more real business rather than theories on the papers.

Hence, I decided to work and act more actively. I sent an email to my division manager to state my current status and to mention that I will be pleased to work on any internal or external project. The manager replied the email in 10 minutes and gave his apologies for not sitting down with me in the last couple of weeks because he was busy in budgeting and planning for the next year.

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During my second week in the company, as what I found in my first week, my supervisor did not ask me to do anything specific. However, I spent a lot of time in two things except the Christmas party last Wednesday evening.

First, I was trying to gather more information for possible business opportunities in Taiwan and to read case studies. I am a consultant rather than a sale, but I do look forward to going back to Taipei for business and projects. That is why I was trying to find out more business opportunities in Taipei for my company.

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我的論文成績這周公佈了!

雖然老師之前就說,我的論文有學術發表的潛力,應該可以拿到高分,但我還是很驚訝自己最後竟然拿到了70分! 英國是50分及格,台灣是要70分才算及格,所以我能在英國拿到70分,差不多就等同於台灣的90分吧!

老師以前也說過,作業要能拿到70分,是非常困難的, 除非是老師看過作業後,老師自己也從中學習到一些新的東西才行。

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It was very excited for me to go to my first Christmas party hold by the company. It was also a good chance for me to compare differences between English Christmas party and Taiwanese year end party.

In the party, I met a lot of consultants which is working in clients’ sites and hardly to be found in the office. Before the dinner, I went around people to say hello and to have short chats like the other people did in the bar. Because I was so new in the company, I did not know everyone’s background and position in the company. Hence, I asked everyone I met which department and job you are doing. It was a shame that I ask the same questions to some senior managers, partners and founders. However, all of them were very friendly to me and also gave me some helpful suggestions at the early stage in the company.

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Office design may be not the most important for the company, but can still represent its cultures and image to its staff and clients. Compared to typical office design of open area and natural colour style for banks’ office, office design for a consultancy firm is sort of special to fulfil the firm’s nature of flexibility and mobility of its consultants.

My first look at the office design and layout of the company was very impressive. The office is separated into two big sections with totally different designs and functionalities. One section is for conferences with its clients. The design of the section is a modern and professional style with many modern drawings. The other section is the office for its consultants and general supporting staff. The design in the office section is a functional and open style.

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11月初工作確定後,我回台灣渡假了兩個禮拜。

去年九月出國唸書後,已經一年多沒有回台灣了! 沒想到這次回國竟是以渡假的身份回去。 行李中沒有衣服也沒有書本,只有滿滿的禮物和期待, 期待再見到我親愛的家人。

兩個禮拜中,我沒有一天是閒著的。按照事前寫好的代辦事項和採買清單,一項項完成再回英國長期生活的準備。 也拜訪許久未見得同事和朋友們,幾乎每天都在和朋友吃飯, 晚上又繼續貪吃懷念已久的台灣小吃, 好怕自己胖起來,回英國後西裝褲都要重買了。

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For a consultancy firm, people and knowledge are undoable the most important and valuable assets. A key point to continue to succeed in their business is a well knowledge management strategic and platform. If a consultancy company fails to keep knowledge in the company when their consultants leave, it will prepare to fail in the highly competitive market.

Therefore, during my first week in the company, it was really excited and important for me to explore their extensive knowledge database by myself. The company used to share their all documents such as technical references, training materials, meeting minutes, sales brochures, and consultant’s portfolios by structured shared folders. This way was good for a small scale knowledge pool, but may not suitable for an extensive, fast growing, power search required, and remote accessing environment after the company expanded to a next step for more business.

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I started my job on Monday and am excited to join the company.

For the past week, no one asked me to do anything in the office, but I had a lot of things to do. It's a truly consultant's work style which I have to work self motivated and to get myself prepared for any coming projects. It doesn't mean that I need to work solely and alone. Actually, I will join some project teams to work with 4~6 experienced consultants who have more than 15 years experiences in Banking or IT consultancy industries in a global basis.

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Hi Everyone,

I joined XXX as a Consultant in Trading and Capital Market division on 28th November 2005 after recently gained my degree of MSc with distinction in International Banking and Finance in London with mark of distinction of my dissertation “Value at Risk for Market Risk Management in Banking”

I have over 9 years’ experience in Banking and IT consultancy industries including more than 2 years’ management experience gained within the Back Office of two global commercial banks in Taipei where I developed extensive knowledge of Derivatives including FX Spot, Forward, Swap, Options, Futures, IRS, CCS, FRA, Asset Swap, Structured Deals, Commodity Derivatives, and Credit Derivatives.

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